Early Origins of the Raffa family
The surname Raffa was first found in Lucca, a city and comune in Tuscany
, capital of the province of Lucca and where Bascilican type churches abound. The history commences in 218 B.C., and passed through many hands in the intervening centuries. Many notable scholars and prelates lived here. The cathedral of St Martin was begun in 1060 by Bishop Anselm, later Pope Alexander II. It has many museums and galleries. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Raffa family
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Raffa Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Raffaele, Raffaeli, Raffaèle, Raffaèli, Raffaèlo, Raffèlli, Rafèle, Raphaèl, Raffaèllo, Raphae'l, Raphaël and many more.
Early Notables of the Raffa family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raffa family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Raffa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anna Raffa, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
Raffa Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Raffa, aged 45, who landed in America from Inngoli, Italy, in 1907
- Rosario Raffa, who settled in New Jersey sometime between 1901 and 1908
- A.Mario Raffa, aged 19, who settled in America from Rogfiano, Cosensa, Italy, in 1909
- Anna Raffa, aged 26, who landed in America from Oliveri, Italy, in 1910
- Angelo Raffa, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Belpasso, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Raffa (post 1700)
- Nancy Raffa, American ballet mistress